I hope you are all enjoying some of the first-round matchups as much as I am. After Detroit, Vancouver and Boston each disposed of their opponents in short order, we were left with a few beauties!
We already know that the two remaining series in the Eastern Conference will require a seventh game…Washington/NYR and Carolina/New Jersey…and depending on the outcome of tonight’s games out west, we could be treated to one or two more.
For a while there it appeared as though the Flyers were going to push Pittsburgh to the brink in that series as well…but they were unable to make a three-goal lead in the second period hold up. I would say “what a collapse of epic proportions”, but that might make it seem I was minimizing the effort put forward by the Penguins.
I love NHL playoff hockey!
Goalie Who’s Who?
Try to do this without looking at the stats sheet…you might find this interesting. I’ll give you the playoff stats of two goalies that are opposing each other in the first round and you try to guess which netminder belongs to which stats line.
Hurricanes vs. Devils
Goalie #1: 1.96 GAA, .942 SV% & 1 shoutout having faced 207 SOG.
Goalie #2: 2.12 GAA, .938 SV% & 1 shoutout having faced 208 SOG.
Now…which one is Cam Ward and which one is Marty Brodeur?
Rangers vs. Capitals
Goalie #1: 1.21 GAA, .954 SV% & 2 shutouts having faced 130 SOG.
Goalie #2: 3.19 GAA, .907 SV% & 1 shutout having faced 183 SOG.
Which one is Henrik Lundqvist and which one is Simeon Varlamov?
Sharks vs. Ducks
Goalie #1: 1.77 GAA, .953 SV% & 2 shutouts having faced 193 SOG.
Goalie #2: 2.57 GAA, .894 SV% & 0 shutouts having faced 123 SOG.
Which one is Evgeni Nabokov and which one is Jonas Hiller?
Someone asked me over the weekend if I was concerned that the Thrashers haven’t yet inked Marty Reasoner to a new contract. My answer…”Nah”!
See, the way I figure it… Marty has said he wants to return, his teammates have made it clear how they feel about him given they selected him the winner of the Player’s Player Award and Don Waddell has also indicated he wants him re-signed. Plus, as Chris Vivlamore has reported, Waddell and Reasoner’s agent are in the midst of travels but plan on getting together soon about it.
Everyone wants the deal done and there is until July to do so. Easy enough…right?
Now, if we’re still talking about this come mid-June…then I’ll be worried.